Just because something is labeled like “sugar free”, does that mean it is healthy? Some new studies have shown that not just does the artificial sweetener consumption have a connection with diabetes, it also increases the risk for brain, kidney and heart damage.
The Aspartame was accidentally discovered by the G.D. Searle Company – a pharmaceutical company, back in 1969, stating that the aspartame was an “organic element with a profound sucrose like taste”. Several studies in the 1970s were done on the aspartame revealing terrifying results. G.D. Searle complied false results to the FDA because the studies revealed that the aspartame intake caused death and also grand mal seizures in their test subjects – infant monkeys. Some other studies showed that the aspartame caused brain damage and neurotoxicity. Despite being banned two times by the FDA, the aspartame is again legal and also consumed by millions of people everywhere in the world.
2014 Study on Aspartame – University of Iowa
One of the most recent studies on aspartame was provided by the University of Iowa, discovering how women that consumed diet drinks every day had an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases by 50%. These are scary numbers, considering that the women choose diet soda over regular juice or soda in order to “keep healthy”. According to the results of the study, women who drank 2 or more servings of diet beverages were:
- 30% more likely to experience a heart event like heart attack or stroke.
- 50% more likely to die from a heart disease
The study first provided a survey between the participants, categorizing them into 2 or more, 5 to 7, 1 to 4, and 0 to 3 diet drinks every day. The follow-up was done after 8.7 years, a period where the heart events are known to happen after exposure to a risk factor. Even after considering extraneous factors like BMI, age, physical activity, hormone therapy use, and vices, the connection was still there. The study also discovered that those women that drank 2 or more drinks every day had a higher likelihood of being smokers and young, and also increased the prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, and higher BMI.
Consumption of Diet Drinks in the United States
According to the study, 1 in 5 Americans consumes diet drinks, and that is almost 20% of 63 million Americans. A lack of awareness together with the increasing attempts by aspartame manufacturers and developers of food who use aspartame to hide the real truth from the public cause the risk for metabolic and heart diseases to keep increasing. We have to be informed and if the people responsible for keeping the public safe would not do it for us, we have to do that.
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